Established in 1978 by golf professionals, Gene Lesch, Jack Morrison and Bill Johnston, the Southwest Seniors Golf Association (SWSGA) was created for competitive senior amateurs and professionals. Events are organized with both team and individual competitions the later by age group.
The SWSGA is hosted by many of the finest clubs throughout the state and plays on Mondays, once a month. Each event offers merchandise certificates for the amateurs and cash for the professionals with typically over fifty percent of the field placing in the money. In addition, participants receive points, which are accumulated over the calendar year for the “Race to the Founder’s Championship.” The top 72 amateurs and top 24 professionals earn an invitation to participate in the Founder’s Championship which will be held in January at Encanterra Country Club.
SWSGA membership is open to male professionals and invited pros/amateurs ages 50 and over with a handicap of 10 or less.
Membership dues are $125 per year and are valid for one year from October 1 through September 30 and includes a SWSGA handicap. A new player joining mid-year will pay a pro-rated amount as determined by the Board of Directors based on the month in which he joins. The tournament entry fee for members is $100 and includes cart, green fee, range balls, after round refreshments, and prizes for team and individual age groups. Non-members may only play twice, within the Oct. 1 – Sept. 30 membership year, for the same $100 entry fee, plus a non-member fee of $25 per each event.
Remembering golf’s roots with many seniors wishing they had the opportunity to play golf as juniors the SWSGA membership annually supports and gives back to grow the game through the memory of longtime Arizona Golf Professional, Les Wimp. Recently, at our Moon Valley Country Club event, ten sets of new golf clubs were donated to new juniors from the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf and the Junior Golf Association of Arizona.
The SWSGA Board of Directors is led by President, PGA Professional, Bob Pancratz, who is thrilled with the direction and popularity of the organization. According to Pancratz, “Due to our popularity and to ensure we accommodate our participants we have a limited number of memberships available.”
To learn more about the SWSGA visit their website at www.swsga.com.
By Jeff Reich